I’ve often thought about having a tattoo. Apart from the pain, the reason I’ve never got one is because what if after a year or two I don’t like it anymore. Yes you can have them removed these days but then there’s the added expense as well as scar tissue. So I’ve been toying with the idea of having some kind of augmented realty tattoo. Something that I could change on a whim or maybe for a giggle. Well, I think I’m now at the point where I can show the world the project. I’ve had a bar code tattooed on my right arm and using Processing I can scan it and display pretty much anything I want. so far I’m just displaying phrases. Obviously over time it will fade and hopefully I might get a bit of a tan but I can cater for that in the code.
This weekend saw the Plymouth Respect Festival move to the University campus for the first time. The festival has been running for over 15 years and was designed to promote respect and celebrate diversity across all areas of the community. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been involved twice, albeit in a minor role each time. This year I built the Digital World Map.
The festival is held over 2 days and starts with a big parade thru’ the city centre. There are food stalls, stands selling things and performances – I even had a bhangra lesson twisting light bulbs and picking up £10 notes
So today I had a behind-the-scenes tour of Plymouth University’s new marine building. As interesting as the ship’s bridge simulator was, the wave tank was more interesting.
I was part of the i-DAT team who developed KeJi for the Cheltenham Science Festival. KeJi means science and technology in Mandarin and is a playful artificial intelligent creature that visitors to the Cheltenham Science Festival can ‘chat’ to via Twitter or sms txts. Visitors can also play the game, ‘KeJi Bounce’. The game gives birth to a unique KeJi spawn character whose behavior is linked to the ECG of the players heart rate and biological data. Players have to bounce on a trampoline to keep their creature afloat and win the game.
The installation went down really well with over 300 people playing the game, including Vince Cable. Check out the KeJi website for more info.